The ongoing World Cup is one of the most open World Cup. There are many contenders; India, England, Sri Lanka and South Africa (who wants chokers tag to be removed from them) seems to be in good position to lift the trophy but don’t underestimate the green shirts who has shown in recent games that they are capable of repeating the 1992 history.
In expert’s opinion, the excitement and emotions will be hundred times more from the Quarter final stage. And as expected Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand will qualify for next from Group A whereas India, England, South Africa and West Indies/Bangladesh will qualify from Group B.
If West Indies qualify for second stage, they will mostly depend on Chris Gayle to fire. New Zealand chances are bleak. South Africa has a history of losing in big games in World Cup which may still haunt the African side. Sri Lankan team chances are also bright as their spinners and Malinga are the key.
England confidence is shaken after Ireland defeat but still they are managing to score high totals. Australian bowling attack has the power and pace to bowl out opposition side as their three fast bowlers namely Bret Lee, Shaun Tait and Mitchel Johansan bowls at a pace of about 140 km/h but World Cup champion is short of spinners which can affect its position in knock out stage. For India, it is the best chance to win the World Cup but their bowling is suffering even in defending big totals.
For 1992 world champions, their team is united under Shahid Afridi who is leading the team by example. Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Akhtar has come in the form at the right time. The only thing worrying is the fielding which may cause problems in bigger matches. But if fielding is improved and openers and Abdul Razzaq bats starts to flow the runs than there is every possibility that Afridi men’s’ will return with the most prestigious trophy.